Carroll ISD has named Larry Vucan as the next Dragon head baseball coach.
Vucan served the past five years on the Dragon staff as pitching coach and helped the team reach the region finals in 2012 and 2013. He replaces long-time coach Larry Hughes, who retired after 20 successful seasons.
Before arriving at Carroll in 2011, Vucan was an assistant for one year at Northwest and head coach at El Paso Franklin for eight seasons. Vucan led Franklin to six consecutive playoff appearances, including a region quarterfinal berth in 2007. Vucan is graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso Eastwood High School.
“Coach Vucan brings valuable experience as a former head coach with success in the playoffs,” said Darren Allman, Carroll ISD’s Executive Director for Athletics. “He is also highly respected in the classroom and has an outstanding reputation in the community. Those were also important factors that helped make him the top choice. We expect Coach Vucan to continue our Dragon tradition of excellence in baseball.”
As the Dragon pitching coach, Vucan helped develop one of the most successful staffs in the area with several college-bound pitchers. He has also helped coach the Dragon JV teams.
Vucan’s playing experience includes four years at the New Mexico Highlands University and seven years in the Italian Professional Baseball League. Other coaching highlights include: becoming the youngest manager in the Italian Professional Baseball League and serving as bench coach for the El Paso Diablos professional team.
Vucan, who teaches AP Psychology at CSHS, also carries a successful resume in the classroom. He was the 2016 runnerup for Teacher of the Year at Carroll Senior High School and the 2010 El Paso Franklin Teacher of the Year runnerup.
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